Thursday, November 3, 2011

Bonus Recipe Thursday: Veggie Chowder and Cheddar-Apple Bread

Number 9/16 and we have two recipes this week! This meal started, as many things in life now start with, as a Pinterest post.
Source- go here for the original recipe/pictures

Apple-Cheddar Quick Bread
1 3/4 c  flour
2 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
3/4 c milk + 2 T (not pictured)
1/3 c canola oil
1 egg
2 T brown sugar
1 c diced apples (there are 3 in the picture, it only took 1)
1 c sharp cheddar cheese, grated
3 T cheddar cheese, grated

After this picture, my camera battery had to be charged, so use your imagination :)

Mix your dry ingredients in a bowl. In a larger bowl, mix the milk, oil, egg and brown sugar. Add in the apples.

Stir in the flour mixture. Add the sharp cheese into the batter a handful at a time.

Pour the mixture into a greased/floured loaf pan. Bake at 400 for 45-50 minutes. Sprinkle the mild cheddar cheese over the top and bake for 10 more minutes.
In the original post, the author said she ate this with vegetable stew. I decided to look for a vegetable soup/stew recipe and I came across this recipe on I made some alterations, and came up with this:

Veggie Chowder
2 pats of butter (is it a "pat" or a "pad" of butter?)
1 red pepper- chopped
1/2 red onion- chopped
1 T garlic- minced
red pepper flakes
1 1/2 carrot- chopped
1 small head broccoli- chopped
1/2 head cauliflower- chopped
1 c frozen corn (not pictured)
salt, pepper to taste
3 c water
3 chicken bullion cubes
1 1/2 c milk
1/2 flour
two handfuls mozzarella cheese

In a large Dutch oven, start by cooking the onion, bell pepper and red pepper flake in the butter. Add in the garlic when onion is soft.

Add the chopped veggies to the pot,  along with the water, bullion, and season with salt and pepper.
Seriously, how pretty is this?
After bringing it to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer covered for 20 minutes.

Mix milk and flour together, and add to the pot. Bring this to a boil, then cook and stir for the next few minutes.

For extra creaminess, use an immersion blender to blend some of the veggies. Just before serving, add in the cheese.
How was it?
Yummy! I will definitely be making this again! The recipe is really easy to change up to use what ever veggies you have on hand. I saw some great looking asparagus at the grocery store and I am kicking myself for not grabbing it to add to this soup.The Mister wanted some sort of meat in it, but I loved it as is, but I could see throwing in some cooked turkey or ham. The bread was a great touch as well. It was a nice balance of sweet and savory. Both recipes are headed for my pink book!

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